Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts develops a pupil’s sensitivity to many aspects of everyday living and prepares them for a very wide range of stimulating and challenging activities. The following components comprise the Expressive Arts curriculum:

Art & Design

Art and Design activities enrich the lives of our pupils by contributing to their intellectual, emotional and cultural development through using visual media.  Pupils develop their capacity to invent, create and interpret images and objects; design, make and evaluate and gain insight into technological processes.  They have opportunities to use materials, techniques, skills and media, and to express ideas, thoughts, feelings and solutions.  Pupils are encouraged to appreciate and value their own work, the work of artists and designers, and the influence of the visual arts and design upon their own lives and on the community.


Through dance, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Creating and performing will be the core activities for all learners, and taking part in dance contributes to their physical education and physical activity. Learners develop their technical skills and the quality of their movement, and use their imagination and skills to create and choreograph dance sequences. They further develop their knowledge and
understanding and their capacity to enjoy dance through evaluating performances and commenting on their work and the work of others.


Drama provides an opportunity for enriching an ongoing study in the classroom and creates a unique context for learning.  Drama sessions also provide an opportunity for the pupils to experience feeling, assume responsibilities, accept group decisions, solve problems and work together cooperatively.

Pupils are encouraged to expand their understanding of life experience, to reflect on a particular circumstance, and to make sense of their world in a deeper way. These aims are achieved progressively through a variety of ways such as using movement and mime, role-play and improvisation.


From nursery onward, all our children are encouraged to sing confidently and enthusiastically with expression.  We introduce music notation, tuned and untuned percussion in the early stages.  The children develop their skills through investigating, exploring, creating and inventing. We are fortunate to have Mr Craighead, our music specialist, on Tuesdays.


Each area of the curriculum is broken down into experiences and outcomes. These are clear and concise statements about children’s learning and progression.

You can view the Expressive Arts Experience and Outcomes for more information